The marketplace has created numerous material handling tools to aid workers in the traditional facility-based operations. These tools however have limitation when working in the field. Ultimately, sometimes you must move the ROCK (aka the mattress, sofa, dresser, etc.). This requires a worker to be knowledgeable in the principles of proper body mechanics. In working with a large home delivery client, we trained workers in an experiential learning model that emphasizes the use of “core moves” involved with their work tasks. Material handling training has always gotten a bad wrap as being less than effective. To dispel those concerns, we have recently completed a study utilizing a motion capture technology that demonstrated the effectiveness of the core moves. Overexertion Injuries related to Manual Material Handling account for more than 30% of all recordable injuries, according to the 2019 Liberty Mutual Insurance data. As a result, training employees on proper lifting technique, biomechanics and how to eliminate wasted motion in their daily routine is a common practice to reduce fatigue and potential injury. However, training can be ineffective if it is not applicable, scalable and disrupts operations schedule.
The MANUAL HANDLING BOOTCAMP – is a customized program that has proven to provide employees with an experience that is unforgettable. In the presentation, we will provide insight on our methodology to engage employees and how to sustain retention of the training information. We will also share success stories and the results our clients are having within 18 months of starting their own program.
Drew Bossen, PT, MBA
Executive Vice President
Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions
Lisa Krefft OTR/L, MSLc
Vice President of Partner Relations
Scott Ege, PT, MS
Ege WorkSmart Solutions PC
When is an office work station not an office work station? When we think of office ergonomics, large rows of cubicles in office buildings usually come to mind. But data entry happens in healthcare locations and so do awkward postures. This presentation will explore the challenges encountered by the University of California San Diego Health Ergonomics Team and the collaborative solutions created to keep healthcare providers safe.
This session provides an overview of basic ergonomic concepts and methods that can be used to adjust mobile and home office workstations. This includes a review of ergonomic concepts, furniture use, and equipment and tools that can be used to properly set up the workstation. The emphasis is on enabling session participants to independently assess their workspace and what resources are needed to make adjustments if needed. This session would also be appropriate for people with responsibility for addressing ergonomic issues for employees that are mobile workers or work from a home office.
So Cal Gas
Safety and Environment Specialist
So Cal Edison
Principal and Owner
QP3 ErgoSystems LLC
Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) is a risk-based operating philosophy that recognizes that error is part of the human condition and that employee actions and their likelihood of success is greatly influenced by organizational processes and systems. HOP is a key part of the renaissance underway in H&S and is a critical component of fatal and serious incident prevention. HOP focuses on enhancing organizational processes and systems to better recognize and address risk through an understanding of the human element. Unfortunately, ergonomics and human factors professionals have not always been included and actively engaged in their company's HOP deployment and integration efforts despite having unique, critical expertise in this area. This session will introduce several core concepts and principles of HOP, discuss how and why companies have embarked on their HOP journeys, and challenge the ergonomics and human factors communities to become more involved in HOP.
Innovative thinkers in workplace safety are increasingly turning to technology to help alleviate the risks of injury, chronic pain, and fatigue, all of which result in major costs. In fact, research by PwC has predicted that nationwide investment in workplace safety technology could drive an increase of up to $15.7 trillion in economic value by 2030, and employers across industries are investing in new solutions, including:
With the right set of tools and a desire to provide whole-person safety and wellness for workers, employers can alleviate the cost burden from injuries and establish a positive outlook for the future. Join us for a talk with Kevin Lombardo, CEO of DORN Companies, and other leaders in workers’ comp and injury prevention technology as we explore new technologies that will help create a safer future for workers across the nation.
President and CEO
ORCHSE Strategies, LLC
Items covered include braking and locking systems, sound abatement and noise generated, along with environmental effects. A presentation including case studies on all of these factors will be discussed.
This presentation showcases the causes and risk factors of ergonomic injuries in the construction industry, and provides a step-by-step process to reduce and recognize ergonomic injuries on the jobsite. This presentation also discusses recommended ways of preparing for tooling tasks to minimize risk for ergonomic injury and identify traits of tools that help you achieve that goal by using cutting edge scientific measurement equipment to quantify the levels of ergonomic risk of a tool.
Vice President, Engineering
Program Director, SRI-Ergonomics
Ohio State University .
Deploying a two-fold approach, Honda of Canada Mfg.’s top-level management and associates working in production are engaged and motivated to act as leaders for safety. HCM has been able to achieve significant risk reduction and a cultural shift. HCM is effectively developing the next generation of leaders with Safety and Ergonomics ingrained as part of the culture. Join us for this overview of the HCM approach and how you can apply the approach to your own business.
Building a successful ergonomics program can be very daunting. Sustaining that success over time can be even more daunting. This dynamic session focuses on both understanding the journey for building a successfully integrated process and sustaining that success long term. We will cover the maturity levels of developing processes and where your program fits. We will discuss who your stakeholders are, both internal and external, and what they must bring to the table that will help drive initial and continued success. You will also learn why metrics are critical to your process’s success, how leading and lagging metrics are the key to beginning and supporting the process, and where to find them. You will also learn about integrating health and wellbeing initiatives into your ergonomics process to enhance and drive employee engagement and Total Worker Health (TWH). Finally, you will see how this all comes together through case studies using the principles learned earlier to achieve success at City Light and yours.
Manufacturing Safety Leader
Honda of Canada
Seattle City Light
The path to wellness, although based on good intentions, has not delivered desired results. Chronic disease continues to escalate, and the associated health costs are not only financial.
Stress is the number one factor contributing to a work population that is physically and emotionally unhealthy. The journey of this Haworth-sponsored project lasted over two years with research from more than 100 corporate leaders and experts. The result of this work is a 2018 book "The Healthy Workplace Nudge" co-authored by Dr. Mike O'Neill.
This presentation is highly interactive and engages participants in dialogue on how to identify and apply ergonomic design "nudges" to prompt people to engage in healthier work behaviors - and move to a healthier organization - while also supporting the business bottom-line.
Dr. Mike O'Neill
Director, Global Workplace Research and Workplace Strategy
Ergonomics is often associated with just product features, like comfy chairs or funky keyboards. Usually where products are being used gets overlooked. Does having a window in your office lower headaches? Does increasing the temperature improve productivity? Does having access to daylight at work improve sleep at the home?
Ergonomics often stresses on the micro-environments of the employees, but a major influence on our performance and well-being has to do with the environments we occupy on a daily basis.
Danny Nou demonstrates the cognitive and emotional impacts of the spaces we occupy and the products we use. Danny explains how ergonomists can quantify the financial impacts of environmental and product changes in the workplace.
Good ergonomic design must focus on how someone actually uses something, where it is being used, and who the user is. Only then can we design products that are easier to use, more satisfying, and create ultimately better experiences.
Human Factors Researcher
RICHMAT, a leading developer and manufacturer of motor drive and controller, has been focusing on fields of intelligent office, medical care, smart home and industry since the establishment in 2003.
The main products offered are linear and dual actuators, lifting columns, control boxes, handsets, and related accessories. In addition, these are part of our larger products designed for the office, home and industrial workspace, among others.
With certifications of CE, BIFMA, UL and more, the products have been distributed to 40+ countries and regions globally.
To ensure the highest product quality, Richmat maintains high standards of R&D Testing，Full online Product Inspection，Finished Product Inspection
Following the principal of Integrity, Reciprocity, Cooperation and Win-win, RICHMAT is committed to providing you the most satisfactory products and services.
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COVID-19 brought with it a workplace sea change. With tens of millions of workers now working from home and discovering its advantages, and disadvantages, this line-up of experts provides a glimpse into the future and offers insights on how changes to work, workplace technologies, and workforces will affect the design of offices, and home offices, in 2020 and beyond.
Each presenter shares what their experiences have taught them about what direction that future office design will take, what the ergonomic issues will be, and what solutions may be most successful.
You will learn about the changing nature of office technologies, how office design itself is changing to promote more active working, how the content of office work is changing, and the implications of the pandemic experience for the future development of office and home office ergonomics.
Jonathan Puleio, MS CPE
Global Vice President
Linda Miller, CCPE, OTD, OT Reg(AB)
President and Certified Occupational Therapist/Ergonomist
David Damico, MA CPE
Vice President, Senior Ergonomics Consultant
Marsh Risk Consulting
The BCPE is dedicated to increasing the recognition of ergonomists by providing a clear pathway to professional certification. Certification is increasingly important in a world where expertise is ever more valuable to employers, consumers and individuals. Employers are at ease hiring a certified professional, knowing that they have a recognized baseline of knowledge and competence. In a crowded field of practitioners, BCPE certificants distinguish themselves by earning an internationally-recognized certification.
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